Pac-12 Networks issues open letter to fans

Pac-12 Networks issues open letter to fans

SAN FRANCISCO — Unable to reach a deal with DirecTV, Pac-12 Networks has issued an open letter to fans recommending they switch to another television provider.

Pac-12 Networks will televise 15 nonconference games and 20 Pac-12 football games this season.

"If you're one of the fans who won't be satisfied without Pac-12 football, or our more than 135 men's basketball games and hundreds of other live events, we recommend finding Pac-12 Networks with another television provider," the letter says.

The network will open its coverage today with three games — Northern Colorado at Utah, UCLA at Rice, and Northern Arizona at Arizona State.

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — Hall of Famer Bill Walton is joining the new Pac-12 Networks as a color analyst who will work select college basketball games this season.

Walton returns to broadcasting after a two-year hiatus to deal with back problems. He'll also work as an ESPN analyst.

The former UCLA star has spent 21 years doing commentary on the NBA, Final Four and Olympic basketball games for a variety of networks.

Walton says Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott "is a huge reason" why he chose to work with the new TV network.

The Pac-12 Networks said Wednesday that it will televise 150 live men's basketball games this season, including eight conference tournament games. Every home conference game will be televised for the first time in league history. Last year, more than 90 league games weren't on TV.

Clemens to start again for Skeeters on Sept. 7

HOUSTON — Roger Clemens plans to make a second start for the Sugar Land Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League on Sept. 7.

His agent, Randy Hendricks, says in an email that it's his "understanding" that Clemens will pitch again for the Skeeters against the Long Island Ducks. The news was first reported by Houston television station KRIV and the Houston Chronicle.

Pitching for the first time in five years, the 50-year-old Clemens tossed 3 1-3 scoreless innings Saturday night against the Bridgeport Bluefish and struck out two.

Some believe the seven-time Cy Young Award winner's work with the Skeeters is the first step in a return to the majors. But he has said he isn't thinking about a big league comeback yet.

For the first time, Clemens is set to appear on the Hall of Fame ballot going out to voters late this year. If he plays in another major league game, the timetable would be pushed back five years.

The Rocket last pitched in the majors for the New York Yankees in 2007. Two months ago, he was acquitted of charges he lied to Congress when he denied using performance-enhancing drugs.

Compiled from wire reports